Asthma UK responds to study in the United States that says fracking may worsen asthma

Fracking may worsen asthma in children and adults who live near sites where the oil and gas drilling method is used, according to an 8-year study in Pennsylvania. The study found that asthma treatments were as much as four times more common in patients living closer to areas with more or bigger active wells than those living far away. But the study did not establish that fracking directly caused or worsened asthma.

Dan Murphy, Managing Director of External Affairs at Asthma UK, said: “Asthma is a complex condition affecting 1 in 11 people in the UK, yet years of research underfunding means it still remains a relative mystery. While this study suggests that living near fracking industry wells may increase risk of an asthma attack, more research is needed to get a clearer picture of the connection between the two and the impact on people with asthma.”